Modern Society

Areas of interest in the modern political, legal, economic, and technological worlds, where such items bear directly on the living history community

Barony of Tir Ysgithr (Tucson, AZ) Debuts New Website and Webaddresss

The Barony of Tir Ysgithr, located in the modern vicinity of Tucson, Arizona (USA), announces that its new web site is online.

Kingdom of Atlantia Seeks Bids for New Crowns

Under the direction and Patronage of Michael and Seonaid, King and Queen of Atlantia, the New Regalia Committee is seeking bids for the design and construction of new crowns.

Pelican Injured in Caid

A Caidan pelican (the kind with feathers, not the kind wearing a medallion) was injured on Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County, California on Thursday as a car struck her. Though the driver was sober, wildlife officials say that the pelican was "probably intoxicated."

Rare Exmoor ponies to help save dwindling peat bog

Ponies from an endangered breed, descended from the original British "hill ponies," are being brought into a nature preserve on the Solway Plain in England, to graze away grasses that threaten one of the area's few remaining peat bogs.

Armor Stolen in Nordmark

Baroness Katheryn Hebenstreit, Chronicler for the Kingdom of Drachenwald, reports that an SCA fighter from Nordmark (Sweden) has had his armor stolen during a burglary.

Keeping the Past SAFE

The looting of Baghdad's National Museum in 2003 inspired the founding of Save Antiquities For Everyone, or SAFE. The organization aims to protect antiquities and preserve the world's cultural heritage.

Fantasy Castles for Sale

Have a hankering to own some period vacation property? Wists Social Shopping provides a list of "fantasy castles" for sale.

Dracula's Family Gets Castle Back

The popular Romanian tourist attraction Bran Castle, associated with Vlad the Impaler and known as "Dracula's Castle," has been returned to the heir of the Habsburg family. The state had seized the castle when Communist rule began in Romania after World War II.

Students Present "Big Mac" Shakespeare

Pat Newcomb of the Huntsville (Alabama) Times reviews Stone Middle School's "Big Mac," a condensed version of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Lest London Fall

The stone which legend says was placed in London by Brutus the Trojan has a new protector: Chris Cheek, the manager of a sporting goods shop.

Eight New British Knights Installed in 12th Century Ceremony

England is known for its long-standing traditions, and the installation ceremony for the Order of the Bath is no exception. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth recently oversaw the latest elevation when eight men from the British military and intelligence services were installed.

Sting to Release Album of Lute Music

Rock musician Sting, known for his wide range of interests, will release an album of John Dowland's lute music sometime in the fall of 2006.

Photos of Inner Vagabond---pre and post fire

The owners of the Inner Vagabond, destroyed by fire a few days ago, have posted pictures of their building before and after the catastrophe that struck this Pennsic food merchant.

Position Available - President of the SCA Inc.

The SCA's Board of Directors is currently accepting applications for the position of President of the SCA Inc. This is an unpaid position requiring approximately 10-20 hours per week.

Rutgers Students Keen on Classics

More and more students at Rutgers University are studying classics.

Latin Lives -- in Germany

Latin is growing ever more popular among German secondary students, outstripping both Italian and Spanish.

Kiwis have World's Largest Trebuchet

It's official: The world's largest trebuchet is in New Zealand. It's large enough to throw an automobile and is painted in camouflage for secrecy.

Historic Pilleth Battlefield to be Auctioned

An action group has been formed to save a hillside pasture near Knighton, Powys, Wales from the gavel. The 30-acre field is the site of the Pilleth Battlefield where Welsh rebel Owain Glyndwr clashed with English soldiers in 1402.

Nuclear Duct Tape

For the really hot stick: Nuclear Grade Duct Tape!

Medieval Tuscan Village Goes for UK£40m

A medieval Tuscan village on the outskirts of Peccioli went on the auction block and was estimated to bring in UK£40m.

Swallowfield Manor in Berkshire for Sale

Swallowfield Manor, a 17th century house with moated 13th century gardens bordering the River Loddon, is for sale.

Hobbitfest: Masterpiece of Imaginative Fiction or Faux Medieval Dirge?

"On the day that we are all invited to join in a worldwide Hobbitfest, two contrasting views of The Lord of the Rings: is it a masterpiece of imaginative fiction, or a faux medieval dirge?"

Judge in DaVinci Code case creates code of his own

Bored with solving The DaVinci Code from Dan Brown's bestselling book? Try solving The Smithy Code, created by the judge in a copyright case involving the book.

Ownership Dispute Stops Auction of Mosque Beams

Christie's withdrew from auction five wooden beams from Cordoba's Great Mosque after questions arose about who rightfully owned them.

"Wildlife Baby Shower" to Rescue Birds of Prey

On Saturday April 29, 2006, Skye's Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center in Barkeyville, Pennsylvania will host a "Wildlife Baby Shower" to raise funds for the care and rehabilitation of "injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife."

British Heralds Find Place in Modern World

Police in Middlesbrough, England have recruited heralds to accompany them on rounds to act as town criers. The heralds use their trained voices to warn citizens to lock their doors.

Barony of Aneala Winner of Lochac's Most Improved Website Competition

Their Excellencies Bartholomew and Katherine, Baron and Baroness of Southron Gaard, have announced the winners of the Kingdom of Lochac's Most Improved Website Competition.

A Zero Waste Pennsic

Sharon Gordon has a radical idea: A Zero Waste Pennsic, one where the SCA's huge annual event does not add to the local landfill as well as the local economy.

Plus ça change, plus ç'est la meme chose?

BBC Europe editor Mark Mardell muses over the similarities between the power structures of the European Union and those of an emerging feudal state.

Asterix to Conquer Big Screen

Fans of Asterix, the pint-sized warrior of ancient Gaul, will be glad to learn that the hero will be coming to the big screen in a UK£15M film by Danish director Stefan Fjeldmark.